Inspired by the true story of a political murder that horried Russians in 1869, Fyodor Dostoevsky conceived of Demons as a "novel-pamphlet" in which he would say everything about the plague of materialist ideology that he saw infecting his native land. What emerged was a prophetic and ferociously... show more
Inspired by the true story of a political murder that horried Russians in 1869, Fyodor Dostoevsky conceived of Demons as a "novel-pamphlet" in which he would say everything about the plague of materialist ideology that he saw infecting his native land. What emerged was a prophetic and ferociously funny masterpiece of ideology and murder in pre-revolutionary Russia.
Publish date: May 19th 2010
Publisher: Vintage Classics
Pages no: 714
Edition language: English
This book, along with a number of other 'bricks', has been sitting on my shelf for quite a while and I realised that if I wanted to reduce number of books that I have not read I was going to have to tackle some of these 'bricks', so since I have already read some of Dostoevsky I decided that I would...
The quality and mastery of Dostoevsky’s vision, and his use of character and plot and pacing, are all on display in this marvelous work. It’s true that perhaps it doesn’t hold together as strongly as some of his other works; but it’s not true that this is a poor example of his work. In some ways, it...
Brilliant, in fact I think this is my favourite of all his books. Fantastic characterisation, dark humour, wonderful dialogue, interesting and complex philosophical ideas incorporated with a minimum of pretention and a great story - what more could one want?
In setting out to describe the recent and very strange events that took place in our town, hitherto not remarkable for anything, I am forced, for want of skill, to begin somewhat far back - namely, with some biographical details concerning the talented and much esteemed Stepan Trofimovich Verkhovens...
Not as great as I was lead to believe. Not up there with the best of his work. It's a little hard to accept the narrator who veers from a participant to omniscient, and back again. Some of the characters' actions are also hard accept, even in light of the Revolution in the next century. It's sti...
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